ManVsBeer (6885) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2016
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pendle Beer Festival 2016. Golden-amber coloured. Extremely strong and spirit-like, with a dire taste - I was not the only person at the festival to feel this way about it, but given the decent reviews on RB it may not have travelled too well to the festival.
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask. Hazy orange, still, small bubbly white head. Aroma is sickly under-ripe orange, satsuma, banana skin. Body is light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sugar syrup, banana skin, gravy, caramel. Musty sweetness. Alcohol coming through noticeably. It’s OK - very slow drinking. A beer this big can get away with being over-sweet.
Garrold (3341) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at The Grove, Huddersfield. 20.01.13. Clear golden colour. Thin, tight, lasting white head. Clementines, oranges, barley sugar, some ginger spiciness. Hint of pepper. All quite subtle. A slow burner. Lovely.
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask,hand pulled at Waggon & Horses,Halesowen.31st march.Amberish pour with minimal white head.Light aromas but some citrus and caramel there,alcohol too.Malt,caramel,fruit and some spice in the flavour.Alcohol well in evidence too but even so very easy to drink.
DanielBrown (4268) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity at Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. Taste of almost nothing - maybe that means it’s smooth?? It’s smooth. Pleasant, nectary, smooth. This is beguiling, it creeps up on you. I ended up liking it, but didn’t admit so to my chums, who weren’t impressed. In fact, they made me drink the remnants of their measures of the stuff, which at 10% may not have been the brightest move of my career.
foxo82 (826) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. Aroma of banana and marzipan, mixed with tramp’s urinal. Youk could get drunk off the aroma. Ok but not nice enough for the 10% ABV when you think of all the quality Belgians at that strength. Sickly sweet with fruitcake.
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Paul says I love you. No nose he says. Gurd: marzipan. My arse............. oh god why....
Scopey (10671) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival, March 2012. It pours hazy golden-amber, with a thin, bubbly white head. The nose is cake, toffee apple, spice, booze, cinnamon, vanilla and wood. The taste is varnish, dough, pear, melon, cinnamon, nectarine, honey, caramel, over-baked cake, with a warming, syrupy finish. Full body, soft carbonation and syrupy mouth-feel. A bit boozy, but good beer nonetheless.
tombyars (1523) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this barley wine at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2003. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear pale mahogany in colour with a slight white open head which quickly disappears. Strong sweet sherry fumes in the powerful alcoholic aroma. Surprisingly thin texture in the mouthfeel and non existant lacing. Powerful pale malt base leads to a strong booming mouthfeel of liquified christmas cake and sherry trifle combined. Very sweet tasting notes include full moist maltloaf, sultanas, cherries, figs, dates, honey, golden and maple syrup. Could hardly detect any hop resins in the aftertaste as this heady brew steamrollers into the warming alcoholic finish with intense notes of sweet sherry, mead and drambuie all clamouring for attention. A superb barley wine in the old English tradition. Well worth seeking this gem out.
BillyCheer (5) - - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pulled through a swan-neck without sparkler. light orange gold amber with a thin white head. Sweet without being cloying or heavy, light bitterness. Easy drinking, creamy without any roughness. Cordial fruitiness like a mouthful of melted wine gums, lifted by smooth honeyed alcohol. Drinks with the ease of a very smooth LB Port.